Auditors look into the quality of EU statistics


The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is currently looking into the quality of EU statistics
that cover a wide range of aspects of society and economy. Specifically, the audit will
examine the role of the European Commission in providing high-quality statistics to the
EU and its Member States.

Official statistics play a key and growing role for economic and social development. They guide
public policies, they support business decisions, and they allow citizens to compare and evaluate
progress made. So itis crucialto make sure that EU statistics fulfil the requirement of quality and
even excellence. This is exactly whatthe ECAis seeking to evaluate in its recently launchedaudit.

This audit is being started amid major changing circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has
required statistical bodies to make rapid changes to their procedures, and has further highlighted
the need for timely, comparable and reliable European statistics.

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